Redmond O'Neal Finishes His Year of Rehab

By McCarton Ackerman 10/10/12

Farrah Fawcett's only son completes a court-ordered, year-long residential program—and now looks markedly healthier.

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Redmond O'Neal, before and after rehab.

Looking healthier than he has in years, Redmond O'Neal—the son of Ryan O'Neal and the late actress Farrah Fawcetthas been released from the yearlong live-in rehab he was ordered to attend after he violated his probation. Earlier this year, Judge Keith Schwartz congratulated O'Neal on his progress in the program, telling him: “I’m very proud of you. You’ve done an outstanding job.” But he's not out of the woods quite yet; he must return to court in three months for a progress report, complete additional psychological and substance abuse counseling, and continue to wear an electronic monitoring device. His probation will continue until 2016, and any violation of the terms will result in a return to state prison to finish a three-year suspended sentence. O'Neal was arrested for heroin possession last year and placed on probation, then pleaded no contest later that year to additional charges of heroin and firearms possession by a felon. However, Schwartz suspended his sentence and instead ordered a year of residential rehab, plus five years' probation. Redmond O'Neal has been in and out of jails and rehabs since his teens. He and his father were even booked together on suspicion of narcotics possession in 2008, when the elder O'Neal pleaded guilty and accepted the option of a drug-diversion program.


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